EU’s Juncker warns UK
LONDON—European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that “deserters” from the EU would have to accept being outsiders, in his strongest warning yet against Britain voting to leave the bloc next month.
“Deserters won’t be welcomed with open arms,” he told French newspaper Le Monde.
“The United Kingdom will have to accept being considered a third party, who we won’t be bending over backwards for,” he said. “That is not a threat, but our relations will no longer be as they are today”. Juncker’s intervention comes after US President Barack Obama used a visit to London last month to urge Britain not to leave the European Union when it votes in a referendum on June 23 and after warnings from the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of England of the economic risks of going it alone.—AFP